In 1895 W. F. Rocker, from Kentucky, came
to the East Texas town of Marshall and founded the Marshall Pottery
Works. The reason he was attracted to Marshall was due to the abundance
of the two natural ingredients his business neededwhite clay
and water. Through a series of ownerships, the pottery finally fell
into the hands of Sam Ellis around 1905. The story is told that Mr.
Ellis, who was a blacksmith by trade, would walk by the Pottery everyday
on his way to and from work. He ended up loaning the owner at that
time, a Mr. Studer, $375.55 to build a new kiln. Not long after, Mr.
Ellis found a note under a rock at the pottery stating, I have
this day sold to S.H. Ellis the Marshall Pottery Works, consisting
of tools, clay, manufacturing ware, one wagon, two mules